What happened between Noel and Liam Gallagher? Former Oasis frontman reserves a seat for estranged brother at solo concerts

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Liam Gallagher confims he reserves a seat for his estranged brother, Noel, at every show (Image via Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

Former Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher recently confirmed that he reserves a seat for his estranged brother and former bandmate, Noel Gallagher, at every show he performs on his solo tour. The musician is on the Definitely Maybe 30 Years Tour to celebrate the eponymous Oasis album's 30th anniversary.

This revelation came after X user @simonloverules posted a picture of a paper with the words "RESERVED NOEL GALLAGHER." He alleged that he took the photo at Liam's new tour but later revealed the picture was originally taken at a Jesus And Mary Chain show from 2014.

Simon Love's tweet about Liam Gallagher (Image via @simonloverules/X)
Simon Love's tweet about Liam Gallagher (Image via @simonloverules/X)

However, when a fan privately tweeted to ask about the picture on June 15, 2024, Liam Gallagher confirmed he always reserved a spot for his older brother.

Noel and Liam Gallagher went their separate ways after the former quit Oasis in 2009 following years of spats, clashes, and fisticuffs, which notably started after the band's success in 2004.


A timeline of clashes between Noel and Liam Gallagher

Oasis, an English rock band formed in Manchester in 1991, became one of the most defining bands of the 90s. The band enjoyed immense commercial success for almost two decades before they disbanded in 2009 after Noel quit.

According to the Mirror, Noel and Liam Gallagher, the band's respective lead vocalist and lead guitarist, were often in conflict with each other, resulting in canceled shows and minor hiatuses.

Their first notable spat occurred during their first American tour in 1994 after Liam Gallagher constantly changed the songs' lyrics while performing to irritate his brother. This ended in a physical scuffle between the brothers, causing Noel to storm off and disappear for several days.

In 1995, another fight broke out between them when Liam Gallagher invited a group of people to the studio while his brother was working. According to the Mirror, this enraged Noel so much that he beat Liam over the head with a handy cricket bat, which was later auctioned.

Another notable conflict occurred during the 1996 MTV Unplugged show at the Royal Festival Hall. Liam Gallagher bowed out of the performance due to laryngitis but stayed back to heckle and disrupt the band from the sidelines while they performed their 12-song set.

According to Radio X, a show in Barcelona was canceled after the brothers engaged in fisticuffs in 2002. This followed a night of drinking during which Liam questioned the legitimacy of Noel's daughter, Anais, with his partner Meg Matthews. Noel reportedly briefly quit the band before rejoining again.

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In 2009, the brothers engaged in a constant barrage of back-and-forth insults on social media, with Noel even claiming, “Life would be easier without Oasis...". In an April 2009 interview with Q Magazine, the guitarist called his brother "the angriest man."

"He's the angriest man you'll ever meet. He's like a man with a fork in a world of soup,” he said.

On August 23, 2009, Oasis was scheduled to perform at the V Festival in Chelmsford but backed out as Liam Gallagher was reportedly ill. Noel alleged his brother was "hungover," a statement that led to Liam taking legal action against him, which was dropped after Noel apologized.


Noel Gallagher quit Oasis on August 28, 2009

On August 28, 2009, the band was gearing up to perform at the Rock En Seine festival in Paris when a fight broke out between the brothers, leading Liam Gallagher to swing Noel's guitar "like an axe." According to the Mirror, Noel announced his departure from the band with the statement:

“It's with some sadness and great relief to tell you that I quit Oasis tonight. People will write and say what they like, but I simply could not go on working with Liam a day longer.”

In a later interview with Radio X, Noel Gallagher claimed that the last straw that caused him to quit was an argument over an ad for Liam's clothing brand, Pretty Green.

“I had enough when Liam and Bonehead [Paul Arthurs] - and this is true - started arguing over a leather jacket. I am not even kidding. I can dress it up more than this, but this is what happened,” he said.

The brothers still occasionally taunt each other on social media, but Liam claimed he was making an effort to reconcile for their mother's sake. In a 2017 interview with Radio 1, he said that Noel had been called several times to "get the band back together."


The Definitely Maybe 30 Years Tour will run for 14 shows from June 2 to June 24, 2024. Liam Gallagher will perform in Sheffield, Cardiff, London, Manchester, Glasgow, and Dublin, with the next show scheduled at the OVO Hydro in Glasgow on June 19.

Edited by Shreya Das
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